Yay it’s Doughnut Day!
Every first Friday of June is a great odd holiday of National Doughnut Day. We’ve been celebrating this holiday for years. I think it was my husband who brought it up first when we first started dating. Since then, I always keep it in my mind to remember the day and to make some doughnuts. These round bread-y pastries have always been popular, but in recent years it seems like it’s popularity has skyrocketed. There are even pretzel doughnuts, muffin doughnuts, and I still have to try those “cronuts!” Or maybe if you want to try a new type of doughnut, try some of the pao de quiejo donuts that I made a few weekends ago. With donut maker electric appliances and doughnut baking pans, no wonder these have become more popular, especially homemade. This year I tried a baked version from Official Hungry’s “Eat My Vegan” recipe. I have been eye-ing this for some time and adapted it to a gluten-free recipe.
The results–very yummy! I made 4 types: regular chocolate glazed (using my stout chocolate sauce), crushed banana chips with chocolate glaze, an impromptu white chocolate glaze with chopped apricots, and cinnamon sugar using coconut sugar. I love the crunch of the coconut sugar as a topping. For the white chocolate glaze, I just eyeballed some white chocolate chips and poured in a bit of hot coffee (enough for a glazy consistency) and stirred it well. I like the hint of mocha-y flavor which sounds weird with fruit, but it was really good. I like using dried fruit, nuts, and chocolate instead of sprinkles, but feel free to use them–they are so fun to use with all of the colors to choose from!
I also used my mini-donut pan. Two of these 2-bite wonders are enough for me. For the doughnut base I used Trader Joe’s gluten-free all-purpose flour and it made delicious doughnuts. Next time, however, I am going to blitz the flour in the food processor to make the flour into a superfine consistency, which should make the donut smoother in texture. Nevertheless, I’m happy with the results. I also used guar gum, which is common in gluten-free baking. I tend to avoid it, but for some baked goods, you just need that oomph of structure that the gum gives. Out of all the donuts I made today of course the plain chocolate ones were my favorite 😀
Gluten-free Baked Doughnuts (aka “Fonuts”)
adapted from “Eat My Vegan”
Makes 12 doughnuts or 6 regular sized + 12 mini sized
- 2 and 2/3 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (I used Trader Joe’s brand)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2-1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 and 1/3 teaspoon guar gum (or xanthan gum)
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons milk (non-dairy is fine)
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 2 tablespoons ground yellow flax seed
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Toppings: chocolate or vanilla glaze, nuts, sprinkles, chopped chocolate, chopped banana chips, cinnamon sugar, etc.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease two regular sized 6-cavity doughnut pans (or 1 regular donut pan + 1 twelve cavity mini-sized donut pan).
- Dry ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, nutmeg, salt, and guar gum.
- Wet ingredients: In another bowl, whisk together the milk, applesauce, ground flax seed ,coconut oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Let sit for about five minutes until flax seed becomes gelatinous.
- Combine the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients until no flour pockets remain. Batter will seem thick. Place the batter in a pastry back or plastic bag. Cut a tip off of the plastic bag, if using. Pipe into the donut pans until filled (gluten-free donuts don’t rise as much so it’s okay to fill them to the rim).
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges start to brown. Let cool in pan about 5 minutes before un-molding onto a wire rack. When cool to touch, glaze and sprinkle with your favorite toppings!
For a fun vegan doughnut-baking video , watch:
and don’t forget to watch this hilarious fonut video:
Happy Doughnut Day!
Now I’m off to play some Just Dance, walk the dogs, and do a Tony Horton routine to burn off these delicious treats. 🙂
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